Inauguration of Imagination Park on Sunday, August 19, 2012

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Imagination Park

The City of Côte Saint-Luc will inaugurate Imagination Park, which is adjacent to the Aquatic and Community Centre (5794 Parkhaven Ave.) on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 5 pm.

 

Côte Saint-Luc spent $350,000 to landscape Imagination Park and to install play equipment, urban furniture, picnic tables, a fire pit, LED lighting and more.

 

“We wanted this new park to become a destination for residents,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “We used the principles of placemaking from the very start to create a place where people will want to come to see other people. People will be drawn to the park because of the features of the park itself—such as the fire pit—but also because it is connected to the new Café Aqua, the Parkhaven Outdoor Pool and the Aquatic and Community Centre.”

 

Imagination Park also includes computer-enhanced playground equipment on top of a rubber surface, an open space for gatherings, and a terrace.

 

Imagination Park can be accessed via Trinity Ave., Glenarden Ave., Fairside Ave., or through the atrium of the Aquatic and Community Centre.

 

Côte Saint-Luc is only one of three cites in Quebec with the new computer-enhanced playground equipment. Manufactured by the German company Kompan, the Icon playground equipment includes lights and other interactive features that will appeal to kids and adults.

Imagination Park takes a giant step forward

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The most exciting and innovative park in a generation took a step closer to realization this week as City Council awarded over $600,000 for the construction of the first new park to be built in the 21st century in Cote Saint-Luc.

Known as “Imagination Park“, it will be built beside the new Aquatic and Community Centre and will serve local residents as well as patrons of the centre, the gym and the outdoor pool.

Imagination Park will be extraordinary, unlike anything seen in Cote Saint-Luc before, featuring interactive light and sound equipment that can be played alone, or in groups, and all year-long.

A fire pit will provide year round warmth – another first in CSL parks.

I will keep residents updated on the progress of this exciting addition to District 6.

The Free Press, Jan. 31, 2012

The Suburban, Feb. 1, 2012

New park for district 6

New park for district 6, near city pools

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City Council and Parks and Recreation staff are set to announce a brand new park and innovative playground next to the brand new Aquatic and Community Centre.  With entrances on Trinity, Fairside/Glenarden and Melling, the new park will be a flagship for area residents as well as patrons of the indoor and outdoor pool facilities.

The conceptual plan of the new park (click here to view: New Park) was approved by Council in July following extensive consultations with planning experts, recreation staff and city councillors.  As well, as the district Councillor I invited local resident Justin Cohen, a father of young children to offer his suggestions and to comment on the design.

Some of the highlights of the park:

  • Gateways /Entrances: The entrances will be gated in an ornamental fashion at the three entry points.
  • Trees will be plentiful to offer maximum screening to nearby homes.
  • Pathways: The pathways will be constructed with crushed stone
  • Lighting: Low energy consumption LED lighting will be considered ensuring that is directional and not to cause spillover onto the adjacent homes.
  • The 6-12 year old play equipment will be extraordinary, unlike anything seen in Cote Saint-Luc before, featuring interactive light and sound equipment that can be played alone, or in groups, and all year-long.
  • Play surfaces will be of a soft foam nature and sand will not be used.
  • A large canvas will shade some of the play area.

Investment by the city is substantial with reconstruction and purchase of equipment costing upwards of $350,000 with completion expected late in the fall so the park would be in use in full next spring.

The play equipment, manufactured by Kompan, is the absolute coolest play structure I’ve ever seen for a public park.  It is highly interactive and innovative and encourages movement and group participation.  Click here to watch a video demonstration. This park will be an instant hit with local kids and those at the pool.  It is intended to have this play system used all year-long.

One of my goals since demerger in 2006 was to completely rejuvenate CSL’s playgrounds, some of which still sport old, wooden equipment that no longer meets modern standards and that are well past prime after decades of service.  I am so pleased to see the active participation in this vision by members of staff, City Council as well as the Mayor.

 

As reported in the Suburban